How would you like to make some coffee money?
Well, you probably won’t get rich selling acorns to the Department of Natural
Resources Division of Forestry (DOF), but you may like to have some fun
helping a cause (especially oak trees) and you will be paid.
The DOF’s nursery at Vallonia, good ol’ Jackson
County, at the moment is much in need of acorns from several species of
oak trees. They don’t pay a lot--a few cents each--but they, as always,
buy good acorns as seed for the various species.
White Oak acorns are the most common species--the
nursery still needs about 300,000 of them to meet the orders for seedlings
that come in. But they need about 5,000 pounds of good oak acorns, including
overcup oak and chestnut oak, found mostly in the northern counties.
That 5,000-pound figure translates into roughly
125,000 good seeds (acorns), says Rob Winks, assistant manager of the facility.
Rob and the others at Vallonia Nursery were busy yesterday planting white
oak seeds. They germinate in the fall, as my recent photograph of the same,
Prices the agency will pay for the various oak
seeds are: chinkapin, about 2.5 cents for each good seed; burr oak, about
3 cents each; white oak, about 2 cents each; swamp chestnut, about 2.5
cents each; swamp white oak, about 2.5 cents each; overcup oak, about 2.5
cents each, and chestnut oak, about 2 cents each.
Information on the purchase of other seeds is
available by calling the nursery, 812-358-3621.
who were critical, recently and publicly, of the Department of Natural
Resources’ efforts to ban the sale of live, trapped animals for big bucks
seemed to give the activity of trapping dirty, odorous pants at a time
when trapping appeared to have gained some acceptance among the rank-and-file
What it is all about--in its entirety--is the
Unscrupulous people who also trap are pledging
their troth on the almighty buck. There are businesses (nobody seems to
know how many) that will pay a big buck for a live animal (coyote, to be
The DNR is charged to protect animals. Although
the DNR Council recently approved a rule that provides a coyote trapped
out of season be properly disposed of within 24 hours, those opposed to
the DNR rule say the legislative law that gives them the right to trap
coyotes out of season, also gives them the right to sell them alive.
Coyotes trapped in season may still be disposed
of at the trappers’ whim.
Live coyotes, used to train dogs in an enclosure,
bring much higher prices than pelts. It is believed that coyotes used in
the training scenario are occasionally caught by the dogs (a most inhumane
Move my tent from the campground of trappers to
that occupied by the DNR. This is not a disagreement, as both sides try
to minimize it; this is full-scale war. It is the next door neighbor to
fighting dogs and chickens--the dollar be damned.
Selling live wild animals--everything from a field
mouse to an elephant--should be stopped in all seasons, and if necessary,
those that buy should be ridden back to where they came from on a jolty,
three-cornered rail (tar and coyote hair being optional). And that goes
for the horses they rode in on, too.
Incidentally, I hear the DNR probably will go
both the DNR Commission and the legislative route in this matter. Some
legislators seem to be leaning in the direction of the trappers.
A meeting of the DNR Legislative Council (legislators)
is scheduled for today (Oct. 30, 2007.) This matter has already been decided
by that panel. It is not on today’s agenda. Mortgage the farm and bet it
will be aired out again.